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CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — A state appeals panel has upheld charges against a member of a prominent Rhode Island political family for a car crash involving a police sergeant.

The Providence Journal reports that the state Traffic Tribunal appeals panel this week sustained civil charges of refusing a chemical test for alcohol and a roadway violation against Jarred Lynch for the 2011 accident in Pawtucket.

Lynch is the son of former state Democratic Party Chairman William Lynch and the nephew of former state Attorney General Patrick Lynch.

He appealed his sentence on the civil charges, which included community service and an eight-month driver's license suspension. A prosecutor dropped criminal charges of drunken and reckless driving.

Authorities say Lynch had road rage and swerved in front of the sergeant's car, which rear-ended Lynch's car.

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